|C'est l'aviron||Trad. French Canadian||Jonathan Miller|
|El-A-Noy||Trad. Midwestern||Augustus Zanzig|
|City of Chicago||Barry Moore||Nick Page|
|Die Wollust in den Maien||J. Brahms|
|Follow the Drinking Gourd||Trad. Spiritual||Allan Koepke|
|Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier||Trad. English/American||Shaw/Parker|
|America the Beautiful||Ward/Bates||Deke Sharon|
|The Song of the Ferris Wheel||Sturges/Schleiffarth||Jonathan Miller|
|Chicago (That Toddlin' Town)||Fred Fisher||Jonathan Miler|
|I N T E R M I S S I O N|
|Prayers of Steel||Jerry Troxell|
|Chicago Bound Blues||Lovie Austin||Jonathan Miller|
|This Train||Gwyneth Walker|
|Precious Lord||Thomas A. Dorsey||Arnold Sevier|
|Las Mañanitas||Trad. Mexican||Ramón Noble|
|Czerwone jabluszko||Trad. Polish||Jonathan Miller|
|Sweet Home Chicago||Robert Johnson||Jonathan Miller|
|Take Me Out to the Ballgame||Harry von Tilzer||Anne Heider|
Artistic Director Search Officially Opens
As we announced last fall, Jonathan Miller will be stepping down from his role as Artistic Director over the next two seasons. Today, we are excited to announce the search for Chicago a cappella's second Artistic Director. Details of the search are available here. The initial call for submissions closes June 1, 2018. As we approach our 25th anniversary season, we have many exciting plans ahead and a wonderful history on which to build. We are looking forward to sharing the next stage of our organization with you in the years ahead!
|Don't Stop||Fleetwood Mac||Christine McVie|
|Both Sides Now||Joni Mitchell||Joni Mitchell|
|How Sweet It Is||James Taylor||Holland-Dozier-Holland|
|I Feel the Earth Move||Carole King||Carole King|
|Roundabout||Yes||Jon Anderson, Steve Howe|
|Midnight Train to Georgia||Gladys Knight & the Pips||Jim Weatherly|
|Love Train||The O'Jays||Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff|
|Theme from Shaft||Isaac Hayes||Isaac Hayes|
|Your Song||Elton John||Elton John, Bernie Taupin|
|Don't Go Breaking My Heart||Elton John and Kiki Dee||Carte Blanche and Anne Orson|
|Changes||David Bowie||David Bowie|
|Somebody to Love||Queen||Freddie Mercury|
|Reelin' In the Years||Steely Dan||Walter Becker, Donald Fagen|
|I Will Survive||Gloria Gaynor||Freddie Perren, Dino Fekaris|
|She Works Hard for the Money||Donna Summer||Donna Summer, Michael Omartian|
|Three Little Birds||Bob Marley||Bob Marley|
|Wonderful World, Beautiful People||Jimmy Cliff||Jimmy Cliff|
|Blitzkrieg Bop||The Ramones||Joey Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone, Johnny Ramone, Tommy Ramone|
|And She Was||Talking Heads||David Byrne|
|Celebration||Kool and the Gang||Kool and the gang|
|Thank You (Falletinme Be Mice Elf Again)||Sly & the Family Stone||Sylvester Stewart|
CHICAGO A CAPPELLA FUSES THEATRE AND MUSIC
IN INTIMATE VALENTINE’S DAY CONCERT
CHICAGO—Chicago a cappella takes audiences inside the warm and intimate relationship of a long-time married couple at the ensemble’s upcoming program, Love Stories. With an original script by Jeff Award-winning playwright Tom Mula, veteran Chicago actors Karen Janes Woditsch and Michael Weber join the acclaimed singers of Chicago a cappella for a touching journey through the layers of love, from red-hot passion to wistful melancholy and beauty in the everyday. Along the way, the music ranges from Italian madrigal and Spanish flamenco to “My Funny Valentine” and the jazz standard “Fever.” The compelling intimacy of this ever-eclectic concert will make an unforgettable musical Valentine.
Love Stories will take place Saturday, Feb. 10 at 8:00 pm at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston, IL; Sunday, Feb. 11 at 4:00 pm at Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E 60th St., Chicago, IL (Hyde Park); Friday, Feb. 16 at 8:00 pm at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 460 Lake St., Oak Park, IL; and Saturday, Feb. 17 at 8:00 pm at Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave, Naperville, IL, on the campus of North Central College. For tickets and more information visit chicagoacappella.org or call (773) 281-7820.
A Poetic Musical Feast
The ten singers of Chicago a cappella, prepared by Principal Music Director John William Trotter, will demonstrate their stylistic breadth at the group’s upcoming concert, Love Stories. Audiences will hear musical illustrations of love by 16th century master Claudio Monteverdi; Broadway greats Rodgers and Hammerstein; and living composers Morten Lauridsen, Evanston’s Stacy Garrop, and the ensemble’s artistic director Jonathan Miller. With songs featuring texts by Shakespeare, Rilke, and Edna St. Vincent Millay, the singers bring deeper expression to a poignant love story filled with wit and humor in this unique melding of theater and music.
Karen Janes Woditsch and Michael Weber
Karen Janes Woditsch is a Jeff-award winning actor whose accomplished career holds roots in Chicago. She has appeared with the acclaimed Writers Theatre in Glencoe in over 20 productions. Additionally, she performed the role of Julia Child in the world-premiere of To Master the Art originally produced at Timeline Theatre and later at the Broadway Playhouse, earning her a Jeff nomination. Additional acting credits include performances with Steppenwolf Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare, Court Theatre, and more. TV credits include Patriot, Chicago PD, Runner and Crisis. Film credits: Bad Johnson and American Fable.
Michael Weber is the Artistic Director of Porchlight Music Theatre and previously served as Artistic Director for the inaugural season of Drury Lane Theatre Water Tower Place and at Theatre at the Center. Acting credits include Annie Get Your Gun and Gypsy (both starring Patti LuPone) at Ravinia, appearances with Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, First Stage Milwaukee, Cleveland Playhouse, and more. Weber directed Jeff nominated productions for Best Production-Musical that include: Sweeny Todd, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Pal Joey, Assassins, Side Show, Grand Hotel and She Loves Me. Weber is proud to serve as a pledge host on WTTW, Channel 11.
Chicago a cappella
Chicago a cappella is one of the area’s most accomplished and innovative vocal ensembles. Spanning a repertoire from Gregorian chant to the Beatles and beyond, the group is presenting its 25th season under founding Artistic Director Jonathan Miller. This season’s concerts, prepared by Principal Music Director John William Trotter and renowned guest music directors, will be presented at eleven venues in the Chicago area. The ensemble has been hailed as “the area’s best unaccompanied group” (Chicago Magazine) and “the city’s liveliest, most versatile vocal ensemble” (Chicago Tribune).
Calendar Editors, Please Note:
[Category: Performing Arts / Music / Classical Music]
Chicago a cappella: Love Stories
Sat., 2/10/18, 8:00 pm, Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston, IL
Sun., 2/11/18, 4:00 pm, Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., Chicago, IL (Hyde Park)
Fri., 2/16/18, 8:00 pm, Pilgrim Congregational Church, 460 Lake St., Oak Park, IL
Sat., 2/17/18, 8:00 pm, Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville, IL, on the campus of North Central College
Tickets: $43 preferred / $35 general / $30 seniors / $15 students / group rates available
[Additional $2 each for tickets purchased at the door]
Tickets: (773) 281-7820 or online at www.chicagoacappella.org
This program is generously supported by the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation and the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation. Chicago a cappella is also supported by The MacArthur Funds for Arts & Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation; The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation; the Oak Park Area Arts Council, in partnership with the Villages of Oak Park, Forest Park and River Forest; and the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency.
|Bay mir bistu sheyn||Shalom Secunda, arr. Zuckerman|
|Getting to Know You/Surrey with the Fringe on Top||Rodgers & Hammerstein, arr. Sinozich|
|Something's Gotta Give||Johnny Mercer, arr. Sinozich|
|Volgea L'anima mia Soavemente||Claudio Monteverdi|
|Thy Two Breasts (from Kisses of Myrrh)||Jonathan Miller|
|Rosa Maria||Camaron De la Isla (Jose Monje Cruz), and Paco de Lucia|
|My love is as a fever||Håkan Parkman|
|Fever||Davenport & Cooley, arr. Sharon|
|A Summer Sonnet||Kevin Olson|
|Te quiero||Alberto Favero, arr. Cangiano|
|La rose complète||Morten Lauridsen|
|What lips my lips have kissed||Stacy Garrop|
|There Will Never Be Another You||Gordon/Warren; arr. Jalkeus/Edenroth|
|God Only Knows||Wilson & Love; arr. Bergquist|
|My Funny Valentine||Rodgers & Hart, arr. Krogstad|
CHICAGO A CAPPELLA PRESENTS CHICAGO PREMIERE OF VETERAN POP-ARRANGER’S WORKS ALONGSIDE INTERNATIONAL MELODIES AT HOLIDAYS CONCERT.
CHICAGO— Chicago a cappella illuminates December with more familiar tunes than ever before at their beloved Holidays a cappella concerts. Guest Music Director Paul Langford brings his vibrant talents as a pop music director and producer to his own arrangement of American folk group Peter, Paul & Mary’s “Light One Candle.” Langford also gives new life to holiday favorites with fresh arrangements of five beloved carols, all heard in their Chicago premieres. Along with Chanukah melodies, Christmas spirituals, and more, Chicago a cappella will bringaudiences the gorgeous voices and intimate blend that have made Holidays a cappella a Chicago musical tradition.
Chicago a cappella will perform the U.S. premiere of “Gdy śliczna Panna,” composed by Pawel Lukaszeweski,five-time Fryderyk winner (Polish equivalent of U.S. Grammy award). Other international melodies include worksfrom Mexico, Russia, and Canada.
Holidays a cappella will take place Friday, Dec. 8 at 8:00 pm at Wentz Concert Hall on the campus of North Central College, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville, IL; Saturday, Dec. 9, 8:00 pm at Fourth Presbyterian Church located on Michigan Ave. at Delaware, Chicago, IL (Gold Coast); Sunday, Dec. 10 at 4:00 pm at First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago, IL (Hyde Park); Friday, Dec. 15 at 8:00 pm at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490Chicago Ave., Evanston, IL; Saturday Dec. 16 at 8:00 pm at St. Clement Church, 642. W. Deming Pl., Chicago, IL (Lincoln Park), Sunday, Dec. 17 at 4:00 pm at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 460 Lake. St., Oak Park, IL. For ticketsand information, visit www.chicagoacappella.org or call (773) 281-7820.
Polish Composer Pawel Lukaszewski
“It was a throwback day for sure, to be able to do that in Poland! Poland has something the U.S. mostly no longer has —a store where you can sit and pull scores off the shelf and browse to your hearts delight. I bought about 40 scores that day for Chicago a cappella to consider for future concerts,” said Founder and Artistic Director Jonathan Miller. Miller recently traveled to Poland to study and engage with Polish composers about their works. During his trip, Miller spent time with Pawel Lukaszewski, whose work “Gdy śliczna Panna” is featured in Holidays a cappella. Lukaszewski’s five-time Fryderyk wins (equivalent of the U.S. Grammys) have gained him significant visibility in Europe, particularly in the UK where several choral ensembles have commissioned him to write new works. He currently serves as vice–rector and a professor of composition at Fryderyk ChopinAcademy in Warsaw.
Chicago a cappella is one of the area’s most accomplished and innovative vocal ensembles. Spanning a repertoirefrom Gregorian chant to the Beatles and beyond, the group is presenting its 25th season under founding Artistic Director Jonathan Miller. This season’s concerts, prepared by Principal Music Director John William Trotter and renowned guest music directors, will be presented at eleven venues in the Chicago area. The ensemble has been hailed as “the area’s best unaccompanied group” (Chicago Magazine) and “the city’s liveliest, most versatile vocal ensemble” (Chicago Tribune).
Looking Ahead to 25 Years and Beyond
In the next two or three seasons, you will see a transition as Chicago a cappella identifies an Artistic Director to succeed Jonathan Miller in that role. Jonathan will always be our founder, advisor and friend, as he is to so many of you who have watched CAC grow through the years. At his own request, Jonathan will be stepping back from responsibilities for programming and artistic supervision. With deep gratitude for the legacy Jonathan has created, the board of directors will undertake a search for his successor. Jonathan will continue in his role during the transition, allowing us to meet this challenge in a strategic and collaborative way.
As we approach our 25th anniversary season in 2018, we have many exciting plans ahead and a wonderful history on which to build. We are looking forward to sharing the next stage of our organization with you in the years ahead!
Musical works on ¡Cantare! Chicago community concert (May 2017)
|Cantos de Primavera (Songs of Spring)||
Music: Diana Syrse Valdes
text: Nezahualcoyotl, adapted by the composer
Chicago a cappella High School Intern Ensemble
|Honor Y Gloria-Vals*||Music: Rogrido Cadet, adapted from a traditional Mexican folk tune|
Hubbard High School Band
Dave Stahlberg, director
|El Pajaro Carpintero*||Music: Rodrigo Cadet, Folk lyrics|
El Tejon (Quebradita)*
Music: Rodrigo Cadet, Folk lyrics
Pilsen Community Academy
Siete Haiku (Movements I, III, V, VII)
|Music: Jorge Cordoba|
Chicago a cappella High School Intern Ensemble
|La Calavera*||Music: Rodrigo Cadet, Folk lyrics|
|El Fandanguerito*||Music: Rodrigo Cadet, Folk lyrics|
Horizon Science Academy – McKinley Park
Amy Bearden and Jamie Kovatch, music teachers
|Music: Rodrigo Cadet, Folk lyrics|
Danzon del Querer*
|Music: Rodrigo Cadet, Folk lyrics|
Hubbard High School Choir
|Las Mañanitas||Traditional Mexican; arr. Rámon Noble|
|Este, ques ves, engaño colorido*||
Music: Rodrigo Cadet,
Text: Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
|Bésame mucho||Consuelo Velázquez, arr. José Galván|
Chicago a cappella
Benjamin Rivera, Guest Music Director
|¡CANTARE!||Music and Lyrics: Jesus Echevarria|
* Premiere performance of newly-commissioned work
Bestselling author Ted Fishman contributed new verses to Gilbert & Sullivan's "Modern Major-General" for our recent concerts, A Night at the Opera. In case you missed a word or two, here they are!
My iPhone 8 phonates in French, my car intones like Judy Dench,
My PayPal can rupees dispense, YouTube taught me the Allen wrench
I am serene assembling IKEA’s (BJORNFLUNG) FJÄLKINGE bench
When Uber’s late I send it hence because I am an Übermensch.
I’m well aware a cappella’s more than doo wop and barbershop,
that on Broadway founding fathers are beatboxers who sing hiphop,
I can manage without orchestra in Wagner’s Lohengrin,
In Nessun Dorma I can be a Chinese prince in Italian!
CHORUS: In Nessun Dorma he can be a Chinese prince in Italian...”)
Then I can order sushi by their names ichthyologically,
Because I have an app that augments my brain technologically.
In short, in matters vegetable, animal and mineral,
I am the very model of a modern Major-General.
In fact, when I know what is meant by “fake-ed news”; “debate-ed views,”
When I flip cable channels ‘tween O’Reilly reds and Maddow blues,
When such affairs as Wikileaks and testy Tweets I’m wary at,
And when I know if China gets the welcome mat or baseball bat,
When I help Madigan and Rauner act less like begrudge-ed pills,
When I have learnt how Illinois can pass in-balance budget bills:
Since I don’t see much relevance in data sets or news events,
You’ll say I’d make an able aide to state leaders and presidents!
CHORUS: You’ll say he’d make an able aid to state leaders and presidents…
All my cultural literacy is gained from friends who think like me,
and my knowledge of the law comes from Judge Judy on TV;
At base I am an animal, as brainy as a mackerel,
I am a major model of a very modern imbecile.
CHORUS: At base he is an animal, as brainy as mackerel He is a major model of a very modern imbecile.
Dr. Ruth Westheimer is a psychosexual therapist who pioneered speaking frankly about sexual matters on her radio program, Sexually Speaking, in 1980. Since then, she has had much success on television, on the radio, and in print—both in her newspaper column “Ask Dr. Ruth” and in the 40+ books she has written.
In addition to her fame as a sexuality expert, Dr. Ruth is well known as an orphan of the Holocaust and trained sniper for the Jewish freedom fighters. She immigrated to the United States in 1956, earning her Masters and Doctorate in the US before beginning her radio show Sexually Speaking in 1980.
Dr. Ruth became a nationally and internationally celebrated figure and personality, with national television shows, syndicated newspaper columns, and numerous speaking engagements and awards. Dr. Ruth resides in New York and teaches at Columbia University.